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Earth Hour and the MMORS CROSSROADS Jonathan De la Cruz 04/02/2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Earth Hour and the MMORS

CROSSROADS
Jonathan De la Cruz
04/02/2012
Well, P-Noy and Energy Secretary Rene Almendras will just have to grin and bear it. Last Saturday’s celebration of the annual worldwide Earth Hour campaign which called on all participants to “give nature a little rest by switching lights off for an hour between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.” was used by concerned groups, especially our brothers in Mindanao to mock the government’s inaction and, yes, insensitivity, mainly cavalier statements coming from Palace spokesmen, to their plight.

Agham PL Rep. Angelo Palmones noted that Mindanao has been observing Earth Hour everyday for the past two years. Referring to the daily rotating brown outs in the area which usually last up to eight hours per sector, Palmones quipped “we have called it the Eight Hours.

It is our way of life in Mindanao.” It did not help any that the presidential spokesman kept on with his harangues echoing Sen. Serge Osmeña’s advisory that Mindanaoans have been “spoiled” for years with “dirt cheap” power rates. To be fair, that temporizing assessment fails to factor in Mindanao’s abundant resources which has remained underutilized if not misused by a succession of administrations giving Mindanaoans reason to insist that they deserve to have such “cheap rates.”.... MORE

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